© Colin Usher practicing as MicroArchiTecture c 2022
MicroArchiTecture Colin Usher . Architect

Testimonials

Zero Carbon Design in Heswall

Len & Elaine Smith write: “The purchase of our building plot fortuitously coincided with viewing a segment of a current affairs TV programme on low energy properties which Colin had designed. We contacted him and he and his wife invited us to see their low energy home. It was very reassuring to be able to see the technical aspects of the design in operation and know that the data to support the system was available. Colin then worked closely with us to design our downsizing, low energy, future home. With his knowledge he was able to ensure the property would maximise its energy saving features yet at the same time take onboard our wishes for the layout. Once he prepared the drawings, he then submitted the planning application. Through his computer design software we also had a very good idea of what the finished building will look like. His knowledge and experience will assist greatly as we take our project forward and commence building.”

Comments from a couple of the tenants at Lang Lane:

From our point of view, the low-energy home has been designed to seamlessly integrate into everyday life without requiring us to make drastic lifestyle changes. The low energy home has eliminated the need for constantly switching technologies/devices on and off or frequently adjusting settings, providing an energy-efficient living environment that is both convenient and comfortable.

…and also When we moved into Orchard Cottage I did have some

concerns that the low energy features would make life more complicated.

These concerns have proved unfounded. The technology has been totally

unobtrusive. Our energy costs appear to have significantly reduced

without any discernible changes to our lifestyle. Despite unpredictable

weather, we have been comfortably warm and draught free without

adjusting the settings. I can only imagine what we might achieve if we

were to pay more attention to the potential of the technology.

West Kirby United Reformed Church Reordering Project

The Reordering Co-ordinator, Liz Wilson writes: “West Kirby United Reformed Church employed Colin as our architect to draw up plans to reorder our church building. The basis of these plans were ideas put forward as a result of detailed research by Focus groups from within the church. This process was important to ensure that final decisions on the changes needed were agreed by a large majority of the church membership.

Two storey home extension

Mr and Mrs Mayes wrote to let me know: “We were delighted with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending Colin Usher as an architect. It was a pleasure to work with Colin; he was friendly, professional and very efficient. We were kept informed at every stage, he was always responsive and nothing was ever too much trouble. Really pleased with our double story side extension, we have recommended Colin to others and wouldn't hesitate to work with him again in future.”

Architectural ‘Slogans’

“Form Follows Function” Louis Sullivan “Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright I prefer the second slogan! It is more complex and nuanced, but truer too.

Thoughts on the pending

climate catastrophe

"Yet, it's on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend. And it is our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth." David Attenborough to Obama
© Colin Usher practicing as MicroArchiTecture c 2022
MicroArchiTecture Colin Usher . Architect

Testimonials

Zero Carbon Design in Heswall

Len & Elaine Smith write: “The purchase of our building plot fortuitously coincided with viewing a segment of a current affairs TV programme on low energy properties which Colin had designed. We contacted him and he and his wife invited us to see their low energy home. It was very reassuring to be able to see the technical aspects of the design in operation and know that the data to support the system was available. Colin then worked closely with us to design our downsizing, low energy, future home. With his knowledge he was able to ensure the property would maximise its energy saving features yet at the same time take onboard our wishes for the layout. Once he prepared the drawings, he then submitted the planning application. Through his computer design software we also had a very good idea of what the finished building will look like. His knowledge and experience will assist greatly as we take our project forward and commence building.”

Comments from a couple of the tenants at Lang

Lane:

From our point of view, the low-energy home has been designed to seamlessly integrate into everyday life without requiring us to make drastic lifestyle changes. The low energy home has eliminated the need for constantly switching technologies/devices on and off or frequently adjusting settings, providing an energy-efficient living environment that is both convenient and comfortable.

…and also When we moved into Orchard Cottage

I did have some concerns that the low energy

features would make life more complicated.

These concerns have proved unfounded. The

technology has been totally unobtrusive. Our

energy costs appear to have significantly reduced

without any discernible changes to our lifestyle.

Despite unpredictable weather, we have been

comfortably warm and draught free without

adjusting the settings. I can only imagine what

we might achieve if we were to pay more

attention to the potential of the technology.

West Kirby United Reformed Church

Reordering Project

The Reordering Co-ordinator, Liz Wilson writes: “West Kirby United Reformed Church employed Colin as our architect to draw up plans to reorder our church building. The basis of these plans were ideas put forward as a result of detailed research by Focus groups from within the church. This process was important to ensure that final decisions on the changes needed were agreed by a large majority of the church membership.

Two storey home extension

Mr and Mrs Mayes wrote to let me know: “We were delighted with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending Colin Usher as an architect. It was a pleasure to work with Colin; he was friendly, professional and very efficient. We were kept informed at every stage, he was always responsive and nothing was ever too much trouble. Really pleased with our double story side extension, we have recommended Colin to others and wouldn't hesitate to work with him again in future.”

Architectural ‘Slogans’

“Form Follows Function” Louis Sullivan “Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright I prefer the second slogan! It is more complex and nuanced, but truer too.

Thoughts on the pending

climate catastrophe

"Yet, it's on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend. And it is our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth." David Attenborough to Obama